Loneliness kills. For seniors, loneliness can be as large of a health risk as obesity, smoking, or alcoholism.
Senior loneliness and isolation are not issues that should be ignored or taken lightly. A Statistics Canada study from 2009 showed that around 20% of seniors aged 65 and older felt lonely at least some of the time. For seniors aged 85 and older, this figure was 25%. This is a problem that gets worse with age, and it can have major negative consequences. Loneliness and isolation not only pose major threats to the physical health of seniors, but can have severe effects on mental health as well.
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